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Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin
Director: Cameron Crowe
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005



- Training Wheels
- Extended Scenes
- Meet the Crew
- Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers



Languages: English, Thai
Subtitles: English, Thai, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 3 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Berjaya




Orlando Bloom stars in this life-affirming, heartfelt story as Drew Baylor, a hot-shot designer whose life becomes completely unraveled on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire. She's beautiful, has an unstoppably positive nature and she has decided to be just the gal to guide Drew on his jourrney back home and to teach him what it means to live and love along the way.


It is quite sad when the parts of a movie do not add up to its sum. What is it we are trying to get at here? Something philosophical? Something stimulating? Or simply something inspirational as life itself?

It is actually all of the above, which happens to be very apt for this 2005 movie directed by Cameron Crowe, who gave us hits like Jerry Maguire (1996) and Almost Famous (2000). The road trip movie is about our journeys in life, but unfortunately, this theme does not quite come through in the 123-minute movie.

Orlando Bloom plays Drew Baylor, a failed shoe designer who learns of his father's unexpected death. As the only son, he must take a trip to their small hometown of Elizabethtown, Kentucky to attend to his father's memorial. On the plane trip there, he meets flight attendant Claire, played by Kristen Dunst, whose positive attitude towards life helps to get his own misguided life back on track.

The plot has such a promising warmth and potential lesson to it, but it is marred by a somewhat disorganized collection of scenes, which happen to be quite workable if they stood alone.

For example, scenes that deal with loss, hope and getting a grip of yourself are abundant. But when put together, they just do not bring the central message across effectively. You will be left wondering what direction the movie is heading. The result is a draggy movie which may lose its viewers.

What a pity, because the cast does deliver endearing performances. Bloom proves that he can exude some emotions which will make young girls go gaga. Dunst, on the other hand, gives her character just enough spunk before it gets annoying to watch her consistently intrude into Bloom’s life.

However, it is Susan Sarandon who steals the show single-handedly with her portrayal of Bloom’s eccentric mother who tries to grapple the loss of her husband. Look out for the final scene where she delivers an engaging speech at the memorial, before serenading into a dance accompanied by the lovely tune of “Moon River”.

Fans of American music will embrace this movie for its soundtrack, which features The Heartbreakers’ 1987 hit “It’ll All Work Out”, Ryan Adams’ 2001 song “Come Pick Me Up”, and other hum-worthy tunes by Tom Petty and The Hollies.

Considering that this is a road trip movie, music is a must. But the journey may have been more smooth-sailing if Crowe had put more effort into piecing the individual vignettes together more coherently and developed the various plots more substantially. We would have enjoyed the ride more.


Training Wheels - A two-odd-minute spot which features the cast rehearsing for their scenes. This feature is not very interesting, except for the music playing in the background, which makes for, well, good background music.

Extended Scenes - After you watch these two extended scenes, you will understand why they did not make it to the final cut. They would only have made the movie 10 minutes longer, without adding anything else to it.

Meet the Crew - Another two-odd minute feature that captures the various crew members working on set. Nobody says anything, you just hear, yes, we are not joking here, the nice background music.

Photo Gallery - Postcard-pretty production stills which make pretty stars look prettier.

Theatrical Trailerss
- Two trailers are included in this Code 3 DVD.


The audio mix for this DVD is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. For amusement’s sake, you can choose to listen to Bloom and Dunst converse in Thai if you are tired of listening to them talking in English. Yes, in case you are wondering, all the songs are still sung in English. The visual transfer is just nice and will not dilute your viewing experience.



Review by John Li



Alternative Opinion:

The movie review by our columnist

"Elizabethtown" Soundtrack:

The Soundtrack review

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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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